WILLIAMSBURG, Ky — The Shawnee State men’s and women’s track and field programs both finished in fourth place at the Mid-South Conference Championships over the weekend.
The Shawnee State men saw a program first as Caleb Kennelly won a field event en route to taking the first field event championship in SSU history. Kennelly won the pole vault, logging a height of 12 feet 11.5 inches to take home the title. Shawnee State’s men took home another championship in the 4-by-800 meter relay, as the team of Adrian Ross, Ethan Richter, Parker Blain, and Seth Farmer finished three-tenths of a second ahead of second place Lindsey Wilson.
SSU’s men also had several individual champions. Blain finished first in the 3000-meter steeplechase, with a time of 9:55.71, while Owen Reeher won the 10,000-meter run, logging a time of 33:22.58 to beat the second place finisher by over 20 seconds. As for Farmer, he took home top honors in the 1500-meter run, completing the race in 4:00.33.
The Shawnee State’s women also finished in fourth place overall at the MSC Championships. Wheelersburg native Brooke Smith took home the conference championship in the 1500-meter run by clicking off a time of 4:54.46. Alyssa Taylor and Anna Havranek finished second and third, respectively, in this race.
Havranek continued her excellent weekend by winning the 5000-meter and 10,000-meter runs. Havranek finished the 5k in 19:09.45 and the 10k in 39:26.53. Megan Ashton was SSU’s final individual champion, winning the 3000-meter steeplechase with her 12:02.78 mark. SSU’s 4-by-800 meter relay team of Brooke Smith, Ashley Hackworth, Lindsey Krause and Alyssa Taylor also won that event, finishing in 9:56.47, 18 seconds ahead of second-place Cumberland (Tenn.).
The Shawnee State track and field squad will continue its season on May 12th when they head to the Baldwin Wallace Last Chance Meet.
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